Top 5 Suggested Itineraries for a Myanmar Trip
As a luxury travel company which has provided customizable trips to several destinations to Asia including Myanmar for a long time, Exotic Voyages is an expert in tailoring trip itineraries and travel ideas fit for different needs and wants. For your considerations, here are 5 of our most commonly suggested itineraries for a Myanmar trip:
This is the most classic and popular itinerary for Myanmar, enabling you to discover the best of this magical country, even in limited period of time. You will be welcomed in Yangon, also the country’s main international tourist hub. Then, go up north and spend a few days at Mandalay, another major city, and visit several different religious sites before discovering every bits of the incredible Old Bagan, where thousands of ancient temples are scattered around a plain area along the Irrawaddy River. While the first half of your trip will focus on religious sites, the second half is all about relaxation and cultural exploration in the tranquil Inle Lake and the back in the biggest city of Myanmar, Yangon. This itinerary is feasible for at least 10 days. From Mandalay to Bagan, an Irrawaddy River Cruise is the best choice for leisure traveling.
A glimpse at the World's Biggest Book in Mandalay
This is a more comprehensive itinerary for a longer plan of travel. Apart from the Big 4: Yangon, Bagan, Mandalay and Inle Lake, you can explore the mysterious cave in Pindaya which is believed to lead to Bagan on the other end. This itinerary also adds up some outdoor experiences in Kalaw with easy hiking. Monywa is a good base for visiting some less-visited places not far from Mandalay. The trip ends with sightseeing activities in Yangon.
A fisherman in Inle Lake
This itinerary focuses on outdoor and adventure travel, hence the exclusion of Mandalay. Instead, Kalaw was added and we suggest you take more time at Inle Lake, a perfect place for boat trips and kayaking. However, if you want harder and more adventurous activities, Kalaw can be replaced by several other trekking and hiking destinations in Myanmar such as Hsipaw, Kalaw, Kengtung or Mount Popa near Bagan and the famous Golden Rock which is not far from Yangon.
Plantations in Kalaw
While most of the destinations are quite familiar, the highlight of this itinerary is the inclusion of Mrauk U, a newly open tourist destination in Rakhine State, Western Myanmar. Mrauk U was once one of the busiest trading ports of the powerful Arakanese Kingdom. Now, Mrauk U is perhaps the most underrated destination in Myanmar, with significant historical and cultural value but less-visited.
If you want to get off the beaten path in Myanmar, you must visit Mrauk U
This itinerary is more about relaxation, thus it is perfect for senior travelers or a honeymoon trip. After enjoying the peaceful setting of Inle Lake, you will head for the best beach in Myanmar, Ngapali Beach. Some say Ngapali Beach is a retrospective reflection of Thailand beaches a few decades ago, with fantastic white sands fringed with palm trees and the clear emerald waters of Bay of Bengal.
A typical scene in Ngapali Beach